Ember Yard restaurant LondonEmber Yard

RESTAURANT NAME: Ember Yard

CITY, COUNTRY: London, UK.

CUISINE: Smokey, charcoal-based tapas.

BEST FOR: Go twice to try both the tapas and their selection of charcuterie and cheese. Fun date, small group gathering, boozy lunch.

RECOMMENDED DAY AND TIME TO VISIT: It’s Soho, so any time apart from lunch on a weekend.

AVERAGE PRICE P/MEAL: Around £41-60 for two people.

ATMOSPHERE: Lively. The elevated tables reduce the formality of it all.

DECOR: Industrial yet warm and autumnal.

STAFF SERVICE IN THREE WORDS: Engaging, knowledgeable and efficient.

AVERAGE WAITING TIME FOR MEAL: 10 minutes.

BEST STARTERS: As it’s a tapas restaurant, we went for the bar snacks first – the Gordal olives with goat’s curd, orange and pistachio had an abundance of textures and were very moreish. The Padron peppers were juicy and plentiful but perhaps too cautiously seasoned. This was not the case for the flatbread, however, which was liberally coated with a fragrant smoked butter.

BEST MAINS: The octopus was meaty yet delicate and cooked to perfection over charcoal. The Ibérico presa was equally memorable. It chewed like a fine steak but burst with a smokey ‘pig’ flavour, even without the tantalising blobs of jamón butter with which it came.

BEST DESSERTS: Our waitress gave us a wonderful tip when ordering the chocolate and turrón cake with cherries and rosemary cream – have it with chestnut ice cream instead.

WHAT DOES THE DRINK MENU OFFER? You’ll be spoilt for choice with their wine list but do try the cocktails.

DO YOU NEED TO BOOK A TABLE? In the evening, yes.

WHO GOES THERE? An eclectic Soho crowd.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Another success story for the Salt Yard Group, however, the odd dish could underwhelm. They cook brilliantly over wood and charcoal as the food will testify – a deep smokiness seems to imbue all the dishes. A great place to whittle away an evening.

WHERE IS IT? 60 Berwick Street, London W1F 8SU

Words by Alexander Moussaeiff

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